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Week-ending 19 April 2013

on remand 

‘Political motive'

Trial begins






No extremism

Jehovah’s Witnesses




Vkontakte searches
Mikhail Savva 
On 13/4 a Krasnodar court ordered that Mikhail Savva be held in custody for 2 months on the grounds he would pressure witnesses and hinder the investigation. (Human Rights Watch, 17/4) 

On 15/4 Elena Savva said she believes the prosecution of her husband Mikhail is politically motivated. (Caucasian Knot, 15/4) 

Aleksei Navalny 
On 17/4 the trial began of Aleksei Navalny for embezzlement in Kirov. The judge adjourned the case for a week. (BBC, 17/4) 

On 17/4 between 2,000 and 3,000 people took part in a rally in Moscow against the trial of Aleksei Navalny. (, 18/4) 

On 18/4 investigators brought a new — fifth — charge against Aleksei Navalny, accusing him and his brother of defrauding a state-owned company in 2008. (The Moscow Times, 19/4) 

Pussy Riot
On 16/4 Berezniki town court postponed hearing the petition for parole by Maria Alekhina until the end of May. (, 16/4) 

Maria Alekhina is to be moved to a ‘normal regime’ section within Perm penal colony. ( , 19/4)

Magnitsky case
On 17/4 a Moscow court revealed that Bill Browder, head of the Hermitage Capital investment fund, has been placed on an international wanted list. (The Moscow Times, 18/4) 

Inspections: Freedom of association and conscience 
On 15/4 the Justice Ministry said its inspections of NGOs had revealed no evidence of extremism. (RAPSI, 15/4) 

Law enforcement agencies have conducted numerous inspections of Jehovah’s Witnesses communities. (, 16/4)

European Court of Human Rights
The Russian government has admitted to the European Court of Human Rights that Taisiya Osipova was detained in Smolensk in conditions tantamount to torture. (, 15/4) 

On 18/4 the European Court of Human Rights ruled in Askhabova v Russia that Chechen police loyal to Ramzan Kadyrov kidnapped and murdered a local man more than three years ago. (The Moscow Times, 19/4)

On 18/4 the European Court of Human Rights ruled in Ageyevy v. Russia the authorities were wrong to remove adopted children from their adoptive parents. (, 18/4)

Internet freedom
Investigators searched the office of social network VKontakte and the home of its founder Pavel Durov. (The Guardian, 18/4)
Rights in Russia,
22 Apr 2013, 10:28